Monthly Archives: November 2013

Tourism – Rocket Science and The Higgs Boson Particle

A lot of travel and tourism is very straightforward. At the risk of simplifying, you go somewhere, you look at something (buildings, waterfalls, mountains), you do something (swim, lie on beach, trek on a nature trail) and then you come back.  End of story. But there is a different approach. What if the thing you want to see or understand is more ‘conceptual’ or difficult to pin down? This is work in progress, but I hope you’ll see what I mean. At this stage I should quickly say I have always Read more

EasyJet Is On the Up: Why Flying Budget Isn’t a Raw Deal

Budget airlines have been something of a pariah over recent years. They’ve been accused of outlandish expenses that rival traditional airlines, have defended themselves against accusations of poor service, and have been involved in disputes over cancelled routes, narrow seats and hidden charges. They’ve hit news headlines time and again in the UK for the service they provide, but a recent easyJet announcement proves that public opinion is still in favour of flying on the cheap. This week the Read more

Winter Wonders – 5 unique stays that won’t give you the chills

Schneedorf Igloo Village, Austria If you are planning on skiing the Austrian Alps this winter, make your trip more memorable with a night or two in the country’s first igloo village. Set 2,000 metres above sea level in the heart of the Solden Ski Resort, this is a great base for the usual snow sports – from skiing to tobogganing – as well as for luxuriating in the local mountain sauna. The collection of 18 two to four person ice structures include specially carved romantic igloos complete Read more

The towns less visited: Bangalow Australia, Otres Beach Cambodia and Isla Mujeres Mexico.

Famous tourist destinations are well known for a reason; they are amazing places that the masses agree warrant seeing and experiencing. But taking in these well known areas can come at a price. Popular tourist towns and cities often have hotel and dinner prices that would make your eyes water and too much traffic clogging the roads. It can be difficult to find any locals to meet amongst the tourist throngs. There is also the feeling that you've been there before; iconic scenes and atmospheric places Read more

Confessions From The Black Market of Argentina

To state the very obvious, here I am, writing a blog on Currency Today. This website is all about using a quick, efficient, and easy way of buying foreign currency online, at the best rate, legally and transparently, while helping a charitable cause. It is a fantastic proposition. But at the risk of being seen as an eccentric, I have to say that slow, inefficient, illegal, and insanely complicated ways of buying foreign currency have a certain exotic attraction. I know, because I confess I’ve used Read more

Rooftop / Sky bars around the world

Sky Bar, BangkokThe Thai capital is full of rooftop bars, but none quite like this suspended 820 feet in the air at the Lebua Hotel. A shimmering island in the sky, it changes colour every 90 seconds from emerald to ocean blue and lilac to tangerine. Sample mixologist Ron Ramirez’s Hangovertinis -- invented for the cast of The Hangover Part II when they filmed at the hotel. The American Bar, Innsbruck This stylish bar atop The Penz hotel is in prime position for captivating Read more

Be My Guide: 10 Unique Walking Tours

Explore a new city with someone who knows where they’re going…  1.Gion Evening Walk, KyotoKyoto’s Gion district is famous for its beautiful old teahouses -- home to much of Japan’s captivating Geisha community. Take a tour with Lonely Planet author Chris Rowthorn and you’ll find out about their fascinating way of life and, hopefully, catch a glimpse of the secretive souls. More details here: 2.Unseen Tour, London For an alternative take on one of the globe’s Read more

Sailing Down the Rhine to Wesel, Dusseldorf, Koblenz and Cologne

Winding, serene, and undisputedly scenic, the Rhine is Germany’s most important river. Over the centuries it was used as a method of early transportation, as a barrier for war, and as an important trading route that helped the economies of every village along its banks grow and prosper. These days it’s relegated to a picturesque tourist attraction, bringing thousands of travellers to explore its wide valley and fortified cities year after year. If you plan on visiting the Rhine, you’ll need Read more

Igloos and Barbecues: A View from the Slopes

By the time Christmas Day arrives, most families are huddled around their Christmas Tree, furiously opening presents, and beginning preparations for the day of celebration. Not so an unusual group of Canadian Northern Inuits, artisan craftsmen and women, who spend their days getting ready for an opening of another kind. For weeks they’ve been compacting snow, carving elaborate frescos, and painstakingly designing chamber after chamber, block by block, on the slopes of Switzerland’s highest mountains. Read more

Europeans Pack Their Bags And Ignore The Recession

After various years of recession in the UK and Europe, it is easy to be depressed. And winter is coming too. So be warned: there may be traces of unseasonal optimism in this blog. I’ve found reasons to be happy in lots of numbers about tourism (I know, I am rather strange). Let me put it this way. Call me a nerd, but I’m very aware that the European economy actually contracted last year and will do so again in 2013 (shrinking by under 1% in each year). We European have had the works, what with Read more